We’ve all heard that old chestnut: When the cat’s away, the mice will play. But have you ever wondered what happens when you’re away? What mischief does your family’s furry friend get into when you lock the front door and set off for school or work?
Well, for the thankful tail-wagger Max and his fellow apartment-bound pet pals, it turns out that what happens next is more action-filled than you might expect.
Not every day, of course. Some days are pretty mundane. Max can spend eight straight hours staring at the door, for instance, waiting for his beloved and totally terrific owner, Katie, to return. In another nearby apartment, his feline friend Chloe might simply be trying to refrain from helping herself to whatever’s in the fridge—when she’s not lying lazily on an overstuffed pillow, that is. Then there’s the bulldog Mel, who spends his afternoons barking at squirrels that foolishly wander into the tree outside his apartment window.
But sometimes things get a little more intense. Watch the following Plugged In Movie Review.
Secret Life Of Pets is a new animated movie with characters voiced by Louis CK & Kevin Hart.
How do you think the pets would explain their trust for your kids?
What stories would your pets tell at how they’ve suffered at the hands of humans?
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabi
Remember, this December, that love weighs more than gold. ~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
Strict Rules? Not! Many people think being a Christian means following a strict set of rules to keep you obedient. But being a real follower of God means cultivating a loving relationship with him.
Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 NLT
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Our movie expert Bob Waliszewski, with Plugged In Online, roars about the latest film version of a C.S. Lewis book. Read the review at this link and hear the review after 7:50 am… Click on the arrow.
How To Buy Safe Toys For Your Kids: What to look for to ensure the toys you give your kids are safe. (Consumer Reports)
The most important thing you can do to make sure the toys you bring home are safe for your child is to buy age-appropriate ones. Young children can choke on small parts, so take those age guidelines seriously.
Look for “no phthalates” on labels. Phthalates are chemicals that are found in some plastics (they smell like a plastic shower curtain). They can be toxic if a child ingests them.
Buy American products. Toys that are made in the U.S. have a better safety record than many imports.
Watch for recalls. As we saw with the recent Fisher-Price toys recalls (more on page 83), any recalled toys should be removed from store shelves. But some may fall through the cracks, so check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ongoing list of recalls, at http://www.cpsc.gov. It’s especially important to check if you buy used toys on eBay or at a yard sale or consignment shop.
Don’t buy toys at the dollar store. When we went shopping with our safety expert, Donald Mays, he found a number of cheaply made toys that could be dangerous to kids.
Looking for a Fun and Family Safe Events This weekend?
Evening in Old Bethlehem 25th Anniversary – Bring family to visit the night Jesus was born in the old city of Bethlehem – Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. at George H. Henderson Expo Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr., Lufkin
Lufkin State School Christmas Workshop – Gift Wrapping from 8-5, Monday thru Friday til December 24th – Please call (936)853-2759 for more information.
Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin Concert of Lights – Now through December 31, 6 p.m. til midnight – Please call (936)632-6599 for more information.
Gold City in Concert – Saturday, December 11. 6:00 p.m. – Trinity Baptist Church, 2909 E. Lufkin – Please call (936)632-8450 for more information.
Nacogdoches Tour of Homes – 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Historic Nacogdoches – Saturday, December 11 – Tickets available at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main, Nacogdoches
Sara Groves O Holy Night Christmas Tour – Sara Groves “O Holy Night” Tour – Saturday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. – Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin
Apostolic Lighthouse Fundraiser – Huge Truckload outdoor, outlet sale. Cash only. All proceeds benefit the Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal Church Building Fund. December 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal, Hwy. 259 N,, Nacogdoches, TX
German Christmas Service – Angel Of Joy Lutheran Church, Lufkin – All readings and hymns will be done in German, sermon will be in English – Sunday, December 12, 3:00 p.m.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw
“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” Unknown
Another Lesson from My Retreat: How many times to we quote the saying – “You reap what you sow.”
I don’t know about you but most of the time this scripture is used in relation to something bad you’ve done. You sin so you reap consequences. What if we looked at it like… we sow blessing to reap blessing. We want love so we show love. We want mercy so we show mercy. It is interesting to me that we are bound and determined to see the negative. We believe God is always waiting to punish us but why not think of our God as ready to bless us!
True Story: Mom’s babies born on 8-8-08, 9-9-09, 10-10-10 (USA TODAY)
Unlike many moms, Barbara Soper never gets her kids’ birthdays confused. That’s because her first was born on Aug, 8, 2008, her second on Sept. 9, 2009 and her most recent on Oct. 10, 2010. Yes, that’s 8-8-08, 9-9-09 and 10-10-10. The Rockford, Mich., mom and husband Chad weren’t thinking about dates when their children were born. Their doctor had to give drugs to start labor for the couple’s first daughter, Chloe, who was born full term on Aug. 8. Their son was a surprise all around. “He wasn’t a planned baby at all, he was a miracle,” says Barbara Soper. He was due on Sept. 20th, but because sister Chloe’s birth had caused some problems their doctor suggested he a little early so he’d be smaller. Soper was induced on Sept. 8, but it took 24 hours before Cameron made his way into the world, arriving on 9-9-09. Soper says she and her husband had thought it would be “neat” if their third child was born on 10-10-10 but because her due date wasn’t until Nov. 4, it seemed unlikely. But it ended up being “kind of mandatory eviction,” says Soper. She developed blood clots in her legs and three weeks before her due date doctors told her the baby needed to be delivered. The induction was begun on 10-9-10, but it wasn’t until 6:53 on Sunday night, 10-10-10, that Cearra arrived. Barbara and Chad don’t plan to do it again in 2012.
Box Office Report: New This Week “RED” Bruce Willis leads an ensemble cast of retired CIA agents who rally one last time to fight for justice and the American way. So, what’s Family Friendly? (Plugged In) Yahoo Box office Report (Yahoo News)
A cocker spaniel weighs about 24 pounds. You know what else weighs 24 pounds? The heft of candy the average American gobbles down each year, a big chunk of that falling to our waistlines this time of year. Fun size? I don’t think so—unless it’s fun being size 16. October begins the eating season… Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. If you want to see your feet come January, start by conquering the sugar fest that’s nearly upon us.
Three miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups—the kind you find in office candy bowls fill your belly with more sugar than a glazed doughnut.
Half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream Ice Cream.
Nine Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger